Former NBA All-Star point guard Derrick Rose is out of work and looking for a place to play.
But despite recent reports, that place doesn’t sound like it will be Minnesota — at least not yet. According to Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, there are no plans to fill the final roster spot at this time.
Here is what Taylor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
“If we could find the right person to fit into our team and have some ability to play, get out there on the floor, we are certainly going to look at it,” Taylor said. “We kept one slot open all year long just in case that possibility occurred. But as of today we don’t have anybody in mind.”
Rose was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to Utah Jazz on Feb. 8. The Jazz immediately waived him.
The Timberwolves are coached by Tom Thibodeau, who also runs the team’s basketball operations. Since Thibodeau coached Rose during Rose’s best seasons with the Chicago Bulls (he won the MVP in 2011), the Timberwolves seemed like a natural fit.
Rose, 29, has also been linked to the Washington Wizards — but they too have no immediate plans to sign him, despite being short a point guard in injured star John Wall.
Could this be the end of Rose in the NBA? It’s too early to say, as most teams won’t begin to finish filling out their rosters until after the All-Star break.
But you have to wonder if his stint in Cleveland will be his final pro hoops pit stop.
Rose averaged 9.8 points on 44 percent shooting in 16 games with the Cavs. Along with the Cavs and Bulls, Rose spent one season with the New York Knicks in 2016-17.